Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Little Bit of Broadway

War Horse

The music today is not from a musical - it’s music from the 2011 Tony Award winning Best Play. War Horse is a play based on the book of the same name by acclaimed children's writer Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford. Music by Adrian Sutton and songs by John Tams help lend poignancy and drama to the story of a horse who, in 1914, is sold to the cavalry. However, war changed dramatically during World War I and horses were obsolete almost from the beginning. Yet the cavalry soldiered on, resulting in the deaths of both rider and horse. The original book was inspired by a painting of a WWI horse entangled in barbed wire.

Written by
Michael Morpurgo (novel)
Nick Stafford (play)
Music: Adrian Sutton
Songs: John Tams

Life changed dramatically after The Great War. Skirts and hair got shorter, liquor in America became illegal, and going to the movies was something you did every Saturday.  And people wanted to be like the people they saw on the silver screen - Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Clara Bow.  Here's music from the show based on the 1927 Paramount film based on the series of books by Cecily von Ziegesar -The It Girl.

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